The midfielder was recently confirmed as a signing for Roberto Martinez, as covered by Sky Sports, and Naismith feels that while it will be a challenge for Cleverley to feature, it’s one which creates a positive impact for the Toffees squad.
“I think Tom Cleverley will be a very good addition to our squad,” he said.
“I have said before that I see our midfield as one of the strongest parts of our team. Tom will bring much more competition for places.”
Roberto Martinez already has plenty of options across the middle of his team, with Naismith himself an example of a player who can drop deeper to perform in more of a playmaker role, which gives the boss a different option.
Ross Barkley is arguably the best number ten at the club while James McCarthy does a lot of the dirty work in terms of pressing the opposition and trying to win the ball back easily.
Cleverley can play different roles in midfield, showing towards the end of last season with three goals in his last six games that he can offer something different in an attacking sense.
However, it’s likely that he’ll play in a deeper role for the Toffees, looking to play simple passes and pull the strings, while connecting different parts of the team.
If he comes in and has the effect of causing his new teammates to raise their performance and effort levels, that’s just one of the sub-benefits he creates alongside what he’s going to offer the club as a player.